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2007 Big East Recruiting - What It All Means
Pitt QB Pat Bostick
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 11, 2007


How does the 2007 Big East recruiting class really affect the college football world?

Click on each team for the fill class list and top players
Cincinnati | Connecticut | Louisville | Pittsburgh | Rutgers | South Florida | Syracuse | West Virginia

- 2006 CFN Big East Recruiting Rankings

 
1. Pitt
The class is heavy on ... Really, really good prospects. From elite recruits like QB Pat Bostick to RB LeSean McCoy, to big-time talents like ends Tony Tucker and Myles Caragein and linebacker Brandon Lindsey, Dave Wannstedt and his staff loaded up for the second straight season. This was the type of class that makes the rest of the college football world sit up and take notice getting a little help for just about ever spot, and a major infusion of talent.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Pat Bostick
The player you might care about this year ... DT Tommy Duhart
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After coming up with the Big East's best recruiting classes over the last two seasons, Pitt is on the verge of being a major player in the new and improved conference. Now we'll know if Wannstedt can coach and develop talent. The players are there to do some really big things; there's no excuse for Pitt to not be a Big East champion at some point over the next three years.

2. Rutgers
The class is heavy on ... The lines. This isn't a huge overall class, but it's really, really good up front with a group of tackles, led by Anthony Davis, that should ensure the Scarlet Knight front five will be a dominant force in three years. The defensive line wasn't ignored with Jamiel Farrington, Al-Ghaffar Lane and Desmond Wynn to be among the league's most dangerous pass rushers by 2009. DT Wayne Thomas will be an All-Big East performer before he's done.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... PK San Dan Te
The player you might care about this year ... OT Anthony Davis
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Rutgers isn't going away. With the return of head coach Greg Schiano, many top east coast players that would've been locks to go elsewhere came to Piscataway led by Anthony Davis, who was rated by just about everyone as one of the top offensive tackles in America. Schiano has been winning with good players. Now he has great ones.

3. West Virginia
The class is heavy on ... Skill players and secondary. West Virginia has done a relatively quiet job of cranking out fantastic defensive backs, and it loaded up with some good ones led by JUCO transfer Ellis Lankster and Brandon Hogan for the corners, and five highly rated safety prospects that can all move. Terence Kerns and Jock Sanders are speed backs who fit the Mountaineer attack perfectly, while quarterbacks Charlie Russell and Bradley Starks are passing talents who'll wage an interesting battle on the depth chart until Pat White is done.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Charlie Russell
The player you might care about this year ... CB Ellis Lankster
What it all means to the real world of college football ... West Virginia has done a fantastic job of finding the right mid-level guys to fit the system. Now it's getting the right next-level guys to fit the system. Center Gino Gradkowski isn't some overachieving grinder, he's a future Rimington Award candidate to help pave the way for a slew of offensive talents. In other words, West Virginia recruited like the power it is.

4. Syracuse
The class is heavy on ... The offensive backfield. The secondary got the most prospects and the most attention, but the talent is on offense where tall passers Cody Catalina and David Legree might get chances sooner than later to compete for a starting job. Doug Hogue is a tall, lanky speedster who could instantly upgrades the running game.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB Doug Hogue
The player you might care about this year ... LB Jermaine Pierce
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Considering how lousy the program has been over the last few seasons, this isn't a bad class for Greg Robinson and his staff. There are big-time prospects at key spots, and bulk talents elsewhere with several players to develop. While that's normally a good plan, Robinson has to win now or he might not get a chance to see how these players turn out.

5. Louisville
The class is heavy on ... Skill stars. Bobby Petrino might have left, but new head man Steve Kragthorpe had few problems getting the top players to keep the offensive machine rolling. QB Matt Simms will get time to learn the system and get his feet wet before possibly getting into the starting mix next year, but running backs Dale Martin and Victor Anderson, and receivers Josh Chichester and Doug Beaumont might get in right off the bat.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... RB Dale Martin
The player you might care about this year ... LB Willie Williams
What it all means to the real world of college football ... This wasn't a big class, but there are several very good prospects to show the program likely won't miss a beat with Petrino gone. Kragthorpe and his staff did great things with marginal players at Tulsa. Now they get to see what they can do with some top recruits. JUCO transfers CB Woodny Turenne and LB Willie Williams will be big-time from game one.

6. South Florida
The class is heavy on ... The defensive line. Eight very, very good recruits come in to provide solid depth right off the bat, especially in the middle. Once they get their feet wet, Terrell McClain, Kyle Dampier, Jeremiah Warren and Corian Garrison are big, talented tackles who should give the Bulls one of their best front fours. Claude Davis will eventually be a dominant pass rusher.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Alton Voss
The player you might care about this year ... RB Mike Ford
What it all means to the real world of college football ... The best recruiting class yet in the program's relatively brief history, this haul showed that USF football should be here to stay among the better Big East teams. Jim Leavitt and his staff have gotten the job done with good players, and now he has some great ones. RB Mike Ford and WR Carlton Hill will be instant thorns in defensive coordinators' sides.

7. Connecticut
The class is heavy on ... Offense. Randy Edsall and his staff set out to upgrade the dying attack, and did so with a class that should change things in a hurry. 6-5, 220-pound JUCO transfer Tyler Lorenzen will get every shot to win the starting job from the time he sets foot on campus, while 6-4, 220-pound Cody Endress is the quarterback for the future. Robbie Frey could help Donald Brown and the running game right away, while the hope will be for at least one of the four average receiver prospects to shine by 2009.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Jarrell Miller
The player you might care about this year ... QB Tyler Lorenzen
What it all means to the real world of college football ... UConn came up with a huge class that needs developing in some areas (receiver, defensive back) and should provide immediate help in others (the passing game, linebacker), and while this group can't compare to the Big East's best classes, it was good enough to keep the program competitive.

8. Cincinnati
The class is heavy on ... Numbers. There might not be any sure-thing stars, but there are plenty of prospects at key spots to hope a few pan out and develop. Four relatively small, quick quarterbacks were brought in along with four big receivers, four offensive tackles, and in the classes' strength, three good linebackers. There will be plenty of competition for spots over the next few years.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Ricardo Thompson
The player you might care about this year ... TE Adrien Robinson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Basically, new head coach Brian Kelly will do the same things he did to make Central Michigan a MAC power, only he'll have a better crop of players to work with. This is a class built for the future and the development of the program, and while there might not be too much immediate help, it's not a bad group considering Kelly came on the scene in January.